Round Up in September to Preserve Local Farmland

During September, round up the change from your purchases to benefit the Monadnock Conservancy‘s efforts to preserve working farmland in our Region. The Monadnock Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit land conservation trust. They hold permanent conservation agreements on more than 220 properties across 28 town in our region comprising nearly 20,000 acres of land, never to be developed into the next strip mall or superstore – they will forever be preserved.

A farm road leads to hay fields on conservation land in Swanzey owned by the Adams family of Windyhurst Farm. Photo courtesy Monadnock Conservancy/© Stacy Gambrel

The Monadnock Conservancy is a fantastic local resource helping our region preserve it’s natural beauty. They work with landowners to place permanent conservation easements on all types of land – working farms, productive forests, river and lake shore, unique natural areas, ridge lines, wildlife habitat, hiking trails, and more.

Conserving our region’s farmland is a major priority for the Conservancy. They work with farmers and the community to ensure the region’s prime farmland soils and fields stay open and productive. Farmland along the Connecticut River is some of the most fertile soil in the nation! They also pair conservation landowners with farmers who need land that is accessible and affordable. This fulfills a great need for new, young farmers and their families.

In addition, the Conservancy recently created the Farm Disaster Relief Fund. This fund provides grants to farmers to assist with well repair, grain bills, seeds, plants, greenhouse propane, equipment repair and more. So far, the fund has assisted 10 local farmers who were severely affected by the recent drought.

Bob Moore looks over his property which has been a family farm since 1921.

The Conservancy already works with many of our farmer partners including Tracie’s Community Farm, Manning Hill Farm, Picadilly Farm, Walpole Valley Farm, Boggy Meadow Farm, Mayfair Farm, and more! The Conservancy would like to work with even more farmers – so round up your change during September to benefit this vital work!

 

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